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Are You Hiding From The Truth-Addictions?

Truth is an elusive creature for mere mortals to find and rarely does it appear when an addiction is present. Few forces are more powerful than addictions; they come in all sorts and shapes smothering truth and causing significant pain.

I’m willing to bet that most families have experienced or seen an addiction of some kind in their time. It is safe to say that hiding from the truth is a lot easier than confronting it. The addictive person typically walls themselves off from family and co-workers. What you see are false appearances that cover up an inner pain or need.

Make no mistake about it…..whether you are a family member, friend, or co-worker, no amount of concern is going to solve the problem because addictions grow stronger unattended. The damage they inflict on others can be devastating.

Make no mistake about it…..whether you are a family member, friend, or co-worker, no amount of concern is going to solve the problem because addictions grow stronger unattended. The damage they inflict on others can be devastating.

Let’s focus on alcoholism for a moment in the United States. It is estimated that in 2016 the cost of excessive drinking was $325 billion or about $2.95 per drink. Over 100,000 lives were lost.

How about the cost of drug addiction? Illicit drug use alone accounts for $181 billion in health care, productivity loss, crime, incarceration and drug enforcement.

Not only do we in the United States lose 500 million workdays due to drug addiction but healthcare costs are at least twice those for other employees. Our addicts visit the emergency or trauma rooms four times more. Interventions, help groups, and counseling can help but ultimately it is up to the individual to confront their problem and admit their dependency.

I ask every individual reading this to help another human in need to smack down any addiction. The stakes are too high not to take action and have a blind eye. My friends, please remember this: respect, consideration, and courtesy matter a lot. Treat others fairly, decently, and equally.

Build your moral compasses carefully and always monitor them daily.

You know the battle cry: do your best each day. No one can ask more or less from any of us.

All the best  /blessings, Mark

Mark Faris
Mark Farishttp://mpvethics.com/
MARK was born in New York City and currently lives in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a B.A. in sociology and speech communications. His entire career spanning 36 years has been in executive sales, marketing, business development, and organizational strategy. He has started and owned three businesses, including a $23 million computer networking company, started up two new sales divisions for publicly telecommunication/data companies including Sprint/Nextel, and was a Board Member for a $225 million U.K. technology manufacturer and distributor. He currently is President of MPV Ethics, LLC., an ethics training and consulting company working with organizations to build better ethical cultures. Mark also has the unique distinction of being convicted for two felonies: mail/wire fraud and money laundering and spent eleven months in a federal prison and halfway house returning to his family in June 2010. He has given over 150 presentations to high school students, universities, B-schools, law schools, and professional audiences regarding the importance of personal and business ethics in our lives. At the core of his renewed philosophy is identification of purpose, building a strong moral compass that helps us effectively deal with dilemmas of all types and sizes. His passion to teach, enrich, and develop others be successful , accountable, and improving the lives of others.
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